Since 1992, Pam and Charlie Weber have hosted live music at Weber & Co., the warehouse where Charlie restores classic wood boats. The Boathouse Concerts focus on traditional and contemporary folk music, as it often tells of a way of life that existed or is threatened with extinction – much like the historic waterfront artist colony at Fifth Avenue Point. At the Boathouse, the audience enjoys an intimate setting, shares homemade desserts and has an opportunity to meet and visit with the musicians. In an age of stadium extravaganzas, with bands on oversized screens, ticket (and parking) prices equally oversized, Boathouse guests sit just feet away from the performers for a small donation, all of which is given to the entertainers. This is an experience rarely available to inner city working residents.
The Boathouse Concerts are produced by the Fifth Avenue Institute, which participates in a growing network of organizations providing “infill” bookings for small venue traveling performers (see HouseConcerts.com, Concertsinyourhome.com and FolkMusic.org.) The Institute also works with members of the Far-West regional chapter of the International Folk Alliance , which fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music, dance and related performing arts. Additionally, the Institute Board members bring attention to acts playing at regional festivals, and invitations are extended with the message that an appreciative audience can be found at the Boathouse.
The Fifth Avenue Institute produces the Boathouse Concert Series as part of its mission to preserve artisan communities and encourage art and music in neighborhoods.
Unless otherwise noted:
Doors open at 7 pm; Performances begin at 8 pm.
Donation of $20 goes to the musicians
Attendance by reservation only (over 18 only)
Guests are asked to bring a dessert, savory or beverage to share
There is always a barrel by the door for the Food Bank
For further information about upcoming concerts, or inquiries about performing at the Boathouse, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Boathouse Concerts
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Saturday, January 26, 2013
City Folk kicked off our 2013 Boathouse
Concert series with a sold-out performance.
Incredible musicianship, warm vocal harmonies,
great food and wine, and a very happy audience!
City Folk made some new friends, and we enjoyed meeting newcomers to the Boathouse. Formed twenty years ago, City Folk gained national attention, then went their separate ways in 1995 amid the pressures of being on the road ten months of the year. This amazing group rejoined for a few reunion shows (and an audience that won't let them retire again any time soon. City Folk is comprised of Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Adler and Hearne
Cache Valley Drifters
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A bit of music history came to the
Boathouse! And we were mesmerized
by their incredible musicianship --
these guys are the real deal. The Cache Valley Drifters, they are easily identified by their driving rhythm, beautifully textured ballads, unique acoustic arrangements, and signature vocal harmonies. In the photo (above), they are (left to right): Wally Barnick, Bill Griffin, and Mike Mullins. They have been performing their music together for nearly 40 years and were the original back-up band for legendary folk artist Kate Wolf. The Cache Valley Drifters were a hit at the 2012 Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, a hit at the Boathouse, and we're hoping to have them back in 2014.
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Tom
Rozum, mandolin, Chad Manning, fiddle,
Patrick Sauber, banjo, and Sharon Gilchrist,
bass, delivered as promised! We heard
some of Laurie's new music, lots of
traditional, and enjoyed a surprise visit and
performance by the T Sisters, local rising performers who actually met Laurie here at the Boathouse. Laurie’s new CD, Skippin’ and Flyin’, is a personal tribute to the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and mixes songs from the bluegrass repertoire and contemporary writers and Lewis' originals.
The California Honeydrops
Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 3 pm
Fresh from a sold-out performance at the
Great American Music Hall and JazzFest in
New Orleans (where they opened for
Dr. John), The California Honeydrops
returned to their home town to play for
The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B with traditional material as well as their own innovative music. Since their formation 5 years ago in Oakland, the California Honeydrops have completed 8 European tours, spread honey on crowds throughout the US, and recorded 3 full length albums of original music.
Chris Webster and Nina Gerber
Saturday, August 3, 2013
"Chris Webster's voice is uniquely
compelling while Nina Gerber's work on
guitar is breathtakingly beautiful and powerful. Together they are magic!"
This was another precious night of musical atristry. Nina and Chris make it look so easy, while they deliver an evening of music that ends way too soon. If you've seen them once, or fifty times, they deliver something new at each performance. We made many new friends at this concert -- and hope they will all return soon! We look forward to their new CD and hope to host a CD release party in a few months.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Bills' performance was high energy throughout the evening -- their musicianship superb, vocal harmonies unbelievably beautiful. They have played major festivals and deserve to play more of them -- but we have a promise they will try to return next year. We were sold out to the rafters, but not a soul complained.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
"what you should know about JohnSmith, is that he is
the real deal. A singer/songwriter who has found his voice
and his place and will take you there through his music.
I think it speaks for itself, directly from his heart to yours.
I promise you will be moved." Randy Brown, Mineola TX
Johnsmith made his third visit to the Boathouse,
bringing an evening of new music and stories. John is a troubadour in every sense of the word, and his musical journey takes his audience into the heart of what matters to him as an artist. – two free spirits traveling in a ’68 VW bus and falling in love, the birth of his granddaughter Juni Rae, and a touching memory of his father. If you're not yet familiar with John's music, take a look at this YouTube clip of him performing “She Loved Flowers,” a touching (and humorous) tribute to his mother.
From Texas’ upper east side near the rural arts
hamlet of Winnsboro, award-winning performing
songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed “organic song farmers”) tour nationally,and, as promised, served up well-seasoned and road-tested original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a soulful genre they define as “FOLK-Jazz Blues-grass.”
Lynn and Lindy brought beautiful harmonies and new music they are taking straight to the recording studio. We look forward to the CD release tour!
Multi award winning singer songwriter
Keith Greeninger returns to help kick off our
seventh year of concerts at the Boathouse.
Keith is a third generation Californian who was raised
at the edge of the vanishing orchards of the Santa Clara Valley, obtained his first guitar at the age of 13 and wrote his first song the same night. He continued to write songs and played in local bands throughout his high school years in Santa Cruz California.
At 19 he packed up his truck and headed for the Mountains of Colorado where he lived in a small cabin with no electricity in the hills above Boulder and discovered the Boulder music scene that introduced him to a whole new genre of acoustic music. Using his skills as a carpenter to help support his musical stock and trade, his solo travels took him from California to Vermont, from Alaska to Central America, where he helped build schools and housing for people who had been displaced by the tragic Contra war.
In 1989, Keith settled in San Francisco and joined forces with Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer, to form City Folk, an acoustic trio known for their rich introspective song writing; tight three part vocal harmonies and expanded musical arrangements. The group quickly rose to the top of the Bay area folk scene and was soon enjoying immense popularity on the National Folk and Americana circuits. In a span of six years, City Folk recorded and released three albums. 1995 would mark the end of City Folk and their final national tour, but the group reunited a few years ago and continues to perform at concerts and festivals.
Keith released his first solo album in 1997. His second album, Back to Youwas supported by band Water featured multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai on Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and harmony. The making of this fine album also forged a strong musical bond and friendship between Keith and Dayan, who often tour together as a Duo.
Whether he’s appearing with City Folk, Dayan Kai or solo, with nothing more than a guitar in hand and a song with a story to tell, Keith Greeninger is a performer not to be missed.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Mark Your Calendars: 2014 Concerts
Sunday, February 23, 2014: Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore
Saturday, May 10, 2014: David Francey
Saturday, June 21, 2014: Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines